“Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.” (Wilfred Owen, 1893-1918).

On Tuesday November 25, as part of the commemoration activities regarding the First World War, an evening of war poetry and music took place in the Small Courtroom of the Peace Palace. The First World War has had devastating effects worldwide; at the same, no other war has caused so many poets, soldiers in the trenches, men and women at the home front to voice their thoughts and feelings in poetry. These poems show a wide variety of responses to the war; some poems are optimistic in tone, many others show in penetrating images the shocking and inhuman reality of life. The program was compiled by poet and professor of literature Onno Kosters. The poetry was alternated with musical intermezzo’s. Please watch the video of this event from our Youtube Channel.

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